2013 Donkey & Goat "Isabel's Cuvée" Mendocino Grenache Gris Rosé
Akin to a fresh basket of strawberries picked up at the farmer’s market, this Grenache Rosé is intensely floral and fruity. A touch of blood orange peeks through, along with a flirty herbal streak and dry, soft textures. Light and bright, it offers a slight effervescence.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale, hazy orange. Intense red berry and blood orange scents are complicated by subtle floral and mineral qualities. Sappy and precise, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors and a touch of white pepper. Finishes on a spicy note, with very good clarity and lingering cherry pit and berry skin notes. In a grown-up, dry style, with the richness to work with full-flavored foods.
When it comes to natural winemaking and a commitment to purity, Donkey & Goat has it dialed in. To start, all the fruit for their wines is foot-stomped (they don't use machines or plastic), and the wines are fermented naturally using native yeasts with no enzymes or other nutrients added to enhance fermentation. Only 364 cases were produced of the 2013 "Isabel's Cuvée" Rosé, made from a field blend of 90+ year old Grenache Gris from a special old Mendocino vineyard in McDowell Valley. Fermented in neutral oak and bottled unfiltered, this crisp, food-friendly rosé has more in common with an old-school Corbieres rose of the Languedoc-Roussillon in France than what you typically find in California. It's consistently a superb, all-occasion rosé from a local producer we adore. Winemaker's notes: "Strawberry, tangerine and melon excite the senses for what follows. A moment to ponder reveals floral and earthy aromas. On the palate juicy berry flavors please while the tannins and acidity prove this is a real wine that compliments nearly everything on the spring and summer table."